IT’S been difficult to ignore the efforts and talent being brewed from the Bulawayo hip-hop scene. After Cal_Vin became an overnight Zimbabwean favourite, it seems as if another Bulawayo star has arisen, in the name of 23-year-old Asaph.
BY SINDISO DUBE
Real name Tafadzwa Tarukwana, Asaph released an extended play album titled King’s Villa last week, and has vowed that he is the saviour of Zim hip-hop and his album is the blueprint of rap.
“I’m bringing a relevant story that both rappers and fans relate to, the streets needed someone to speak for them and rappers needed someone to motivate them. This album saves hip-hop because other rappers were failing in this game,” he said.
He said currently, Zimbabwe’s version of hip-hop “has no soul, culture and pride” and he was out to restore the music’s authenticity.
The nine-track album contains tracks such as Mr Dhliwayo, BYO State of Mind, Burg Sosh, Masiyiwa Moves and NTL featuring Cal_Vin.
The album is more like Bulawayo’s urban documentary which talks of the life in the southern part of Zimbabwe.
The rapper also talks of his Harare experience, revealing the difference between the two cities, also him wanting to be different in Harare as a Bulawayo boy.
Masiyiwa Moves, named after one of Zimbabwe’s top businessmen, Strive Masiyiwa, espouses the values of hard work.
The album was produced by Charlie Zimbo, LA Josh, DJ Dakudu and Cal_Vin as executive producer.
The artiste is an information technology student at a Bulawayo college and is a proud ambassador for Bulawayo clothing line Shade O’Grey.